THE BIG RE­VIEW

The Washington Times Weekly - - Politics -

in to fol­low the elec­tion night re­sults as they did four years ago. In 2008, some 38.1 mil­lion tuned in on broad­cast chan­nels; this year, it was 37.1 mil­lion view­ers.

NBC won among the broad­cast chan­nels with 12.6 mil­lion view­ers, fol­lowed by ABC (11.1 mil­lion), CBS (8.4 mil­lion) and Fox (5 mil­lion).

On ca­ble, CNN proved the vic­tor, gar­ner­ing 8.8 mil­lion view­ers, barely edg­ing out Fox News with 8.7 mil­lion view­ers. In third place: MSNBC, with 4.6 mil­lion. Leisure read­ing, per­haps. The le­gal and lob­by­ist en­clave at Patton Boggs has as­sem­bled 50 at­tor­neys and pol­icy spe­cial­ists for post­elec­tion anal­y­sis, ul­ti­mately ti­tled “A Nar­rowly Di­vided Elec­torate Has Spo­ken: How Will the Pres­i­dent and the Congress Re­spond?” It’s free to read and/or down­load here: http://bit.ly/QoPLnk

The big-shot thinkers ad­dress the fed­eral bud­get and se­ques­tra­tion, of course, plus 15 other top­ics that range from tax pol­icy and health care to home­land se­cu­rity and gov­ern­ment con­tracts. Of note: The 121-page anal­y­sis be­gins with the phrase “con­sid­er­ing that great innovations should not be forced on slen­der ma­jori­ties,” gleaned from a let­ter sent by Thomas Jef­fer­son to Gen. Thad­deus Kosciusko, on May 2, 1808. the agenda of the Repub­li­can Party. The takeover of the GOP by con­ser­va­tives has been a 100-year long bat­tle,” he con­tin­ues. But look out. “The Democrats will now be deal­ing with a newly en­er­gized Repub­li­can Party which will in­sist on the re­duc­tion of the size of gov­ern­ment and an in­crease in lib­erty,” Mr. Viguerie con­cludes.

A con­ser­va­tive ar­mada gath­ered at the Na­tional Press Club Nov. 7 to train its guns on the elec­tion. On hand for some straight shoot­ing: the afore­men­tioned Mr. Viguerie, chair­man, Con­ser­va­tiveHQ. com; Me­dia Re­search Cen­ter pres­i­dent Brent Bozell, Su­san B. An­thony List pres­i­dent Mar­jorie Dan­nen­felser, Amer­i­cans for Tax Re­form pres­i­dent Grover Norquist and Paul Re­vere Project pres­i­dent and book pub­lisher Al Reg­n­ery.

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